The verdict: Neil Young's Pono player rekindled consumers' interest in high-def audio a few months ago, but the "iTunes is getting HD audio" rumors have been around for years. With Beats coming on board maybe this is the perfect time for Apple to boost its music quality, but Macotakara's rumor record is pretty shaky. Don't get your hopes up.
The verdict: Copious leaks erupting out of China show Apple is definitely working on a large iPhone. Both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display would deliver Retina-worthy pixel densities if Apple uses pixel-tripling mode to scale iOS, as detailed by 9to5Mac. This would also match iPhone schematics that have allegedly leaked. Get ready for tons of extra pixels on your new iPhone.
The verdict: NFC is dead. Bluetooth LE and iBeacons are the future. Why would Apple add old technology to the iPhone 6 when it could have included it in the iPhone 3Gs, 4, 4s & 5, at a time everyone swore NFC was the next big thing? It wouldn't. No matter how many QuickPasses China has.
The verdict:Billboard's track record covering music rumors is top-notch but if Dr. Dre is coming to WWDC, we hope he brings some special guests with him like Kendrick Lamar. He's the hottest MC around, has an album coming out, and is from the same city as Apple's new Resident MC. Forget a 13-inch iPad, I'd rather see a K.Dot & Dre show as this year's "one more thing."
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As if the reported $3.2 billion Beats deal isn’t enough evidence, Apple seems to be quite big on this “music” thing.
According to new reports, Apple will introduce high definition audio playback in iOS 8, alongside new versions of its In-Ear Headphones. The iOS rumor corresponds with earlier reports that Apple will announce high-fidelity iTunes music downloads at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As it currently stands, iOS 7’s standard Music app can’t play high quality 24-bit audio files which contain a sampling frequency beyond 48 kHz.
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A story was widely circulated throughout the blogosphere last week about a rumor that Apple’s next EarPods would feature biometric sensors for reading health vitals. The “leak” was originally posted on Secret, an anonymous sharing platform, by someone claiming to be an ex-Apple employee.
The info had no way of being verified, but that didn’t stop it from appearing in everywhere from major U.S. tech blogs to news outlets in the U.K. Now the creator of the rumor has come out and admitted that he made it all up while on the toilet.